Sanders supporters boo calls for party unity

The first day of the Democratic National Convention was marked by boos, shout downs, and loud protests on the part of Bernie Sanders supporters whenever a speaker called for the party to unite behind Hillary Clinton.  They even booed Sanders when he said that! [Read more…]

What to watch for at the Democrats’ convention this week

Now it’s the Democrats’ turn to have a convention, beginning today and lasting through Thursday.  Here are some things to watch for:

(1)  Both the Republicans and the Democratic contests featured an insurgent arrayed against the party establishment.  In the Republican case, the insurgent won.  In the Democratic case, the party establishment beat down the insurgent.  But his followers are not happy.  Though socialist Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton, lots of Democrats on the left are bitter about her victory.  They don’t like her moderate vice presidential pick Tim Kaine.  And they sure don’t like the revelations in those hacked e-mails about how the Democratic National Committee undermined Sanders to anoint Clinton.  (See post below.)  At the convention, will the left rally to Clinton’s banner after all?  Or what will they do? [Read more…]

Clinton picks Tim Kaine for vice president

Hillary Clinton picked former Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running-mate.  She could have picked someone from the left wing of the Democratic party, so as to placate Bernie Sanders supporters, but instead she chose a widely-experienced government official with the reputation as a moderate.  Perhaps her strategy is to reach out to those, including Republicans, who are alarmed by Donald Trump.

What do you think of her choice?  Does this apparent move to the center calm any apprehensions you may have about her?  Does this seemingly responsible pick make her seem more like the adult in the room, compared to the volatile and inexperienced Trump?  Or is this a choice that could backfire?  Might it cause many progressive Democrats, already frustrated with the way she shot down Sanders,  to turn to Trump, given his populism and his “revolutionary” shakeup of the establishment? [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton clinches the Democratic nomination

Hillary Clinton won the New Jersey primary, giving her enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination.

UPDATE:  Clinton won the big prize of California.  Go here to see how she fared in yesterday’s five primaries.  Bernie Sanders vows to fight on.

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Clinton might not win the Democratic nomination

Bernie Sanders is polling high in California, which holds its Democratic primary on June 7; Hillary Clinton’s legal problems are growing; and new polls show Sanders doing better against Donald Trump than she would.  Many Democratic party super-delegates are reportedly considering switching their votes to Sanders.  Furthermore, Sanders supporters have been given prominent spots on the rules committee, which is likely to consider a rule requiring super-delegates to vote the way the primary voters did in their states.

So there is a chance, as Douglas E. Schoen explains, that Hillary Clinton will not, in fact, be the Democratic nominee.

My question for you:  Do you think Bernie Sanders would be better than Mrs. Clinton?  To those of you who don’t like Donald Trump, would you vote for Sanders instead? [Read more…]

“The Smug Style in American Liberalism”

There is an astonishing article in the (liberal) Vox by the (liberal) Emmett Rensin entitled “The Smug Style in American Liberalism:  How liberals came to look down on the people they once tried to help.”

It castigates liberals for their Daily-Show habit of mocking those they disagree with, particularly those of lower social class than themselves, saying how stupid and uneducated they are, compared to their cool and knowing selves.

Rensin points out that liberals used to be largely from the working class.  Today, though, the base of liberalism is in academia and the upper middle class.  Today, he says, many Democrats don’t even know a poor or blue collar person.  Their disrespect has translated into not really doing anything about the economic issues that have so ravaged the working class.

Whatever your politics, you need to read this, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]